Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Virginia leaders’ statements on CT school shooting
Virginia’s elected officials — including Sen.-elect Tim Kaine, who was governor at the time of the Virginia Tech mass shooting — are issuing statements today on the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.
“Words fail to express the profound sadness I feel for the families of those who were lost and those who will carry the scars of this tragedy. Our Commonwealth knows too well the pain of senseless gun violence. Like all Virginians, Anne and I offer our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences to the community of Newtown.”
Gov. Bob McDonnell:
“It is with a heavy heart and the deepest of sympathies that I learned earlier today of the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those impacted by the events transpiring today, and to the teachers, emergency responders, and all others touched by this tragedy. Unfortunately, Virginia has our own painful memories of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007. Those memories will never fade, and we continue to grieve for all those lost on that April day. We are all too aware of the impact that events like this can have on a community. If there is anything Virginia can do to assist Governor Malloy and the citizens of Connecticut, we stand ready to do so.”
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and wife Dorothy:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of those caught in the horrible tragedy in Newtown. As parents of five children we can’t imagine the pain and heartache of losing a child, especially to a terrible act of violence like this one. We solemnly join our fellow Virginians and all Americans in mourning for the entire Newtown community.”